7:00 pm on Monday (31 Aug 2015)

NZ Organ Week

CBC Ideas, Ode to the Organ

It's the world's largest, most complex and powerful musical instrument. The pipe organ lifts us out-of-the-ordinary and fills us with awe. From cathedrals to arenas, Eitan Cornfield pulls out all the stops to explain why organs still matter in our increasingly secular world. Eitan speaks to organists and organ lovers about their fascination with the instrument, including concert organists Gillian Weir, Cameron Carpenter, William O'Meara, former editor at The New York Times, Craig Whitney, Grand Court Organist of the Wannamaker Organ at Macy's in Philadelphia, Peter Richard Conte, historian Barbara Owen, and Jacquelin Rochete, Artistic Director of organ builders Casavant Frères (CBC)

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Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet has been set to music by a wide range of composers. Presented by Robbie Ellis.

From Appointment on 27 Aug 2015

Colin Horsley (1920-2012)

“I was classed as the New Zealand brilliant young pianist – which I couldn’t be now at eighty-seven! Anyhow, so that was quite a thing; and people were very nice to anybody from New Zealand”

Colin Horsley retired to the Isle of Man and from there talked with Peter Mechen in 2007. (RNZ)

From Appointment on 24 Aug 2015

Winnaretta Singer

Part One: La Belle Epoque

The Parisian salon hostess La Princesse de Polignac was an American heiress to the vast Singer Sewing Machine fortune. Winnaretta Singer married into the French nobility and became an important private patron of the arts. First of two programmes presented by Elric Hooper and Des Wilson (RNZ)

From Appointment on 23 Aug 2015

Dame Gillian Weir

A conversation marking the NZ-born international concert organist's 70th birthday in 2011 (RNZ)

From Appointment on 17 Aug 2015

Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010)

The extraordinary voice and career of the Australian soprano known as La Stupenda.

From Appointment on 16 Aug 2015

Jon Vickers (1926-2015)

A profile of the great Canadian heroic tenor in his prime

From Appointment on 13 Aug 2015

David Long

David Long talks with Charlotte Wilson about his work for film, television, classic bands like The Muttonbirds and recent activities with The Labcoats and as Lilburn composer-in-residence.

From Appointment on 06 Aug 2015


Elric Hooper & Des Wilson look at 200 years of star status of the baritone voice.

From Appointment on 03 Aug 2015

Pavarotti in Perspective

Roger Flury and Des Wilson reflect on the stellar career of the Italian tenor.

From Appointment on 02 Aug 2015

José van Dam - Mastersinger at 75

The great baritone in conversation with Jon Tolansky. Part 2. (RNZ/WFMT)

From Appointment on 30 Jul 2015

Appointment with Inspector Morse

Real ale and opera are the main consolations for Inspector Morse in ITV's multi-layered series. Morse fan Adrienne Simpson looks at the integrated use of music in the long running whodunnit.

From Appointment on 27 Jul 2015

Tessa Birnie

A tribute to the distinguished NZ pianist who died in 2008, presented by Peter Mechen

From Appointment on 26 Jul 2015

Jose van Dam - Mastersinger at 75

The great baritone in conversation with Jon Tolansky. Part 1 (RNZ/WFMT)

From Appointment on 23 Jul 2015

Madama Butterfly

Puccini’s opera, Madama Butterfly, set in Japan, had one of the most disastrous premieres in Italian operatic history, but the first version was certainly not the last. Michael Vinten looks into the many alterations that Puccini made to what would become one of the most popular and widely performed operas in the world.

From Appointment on 16 Jul 2015

Tristan and Isolde

Wagner ushered in a new musical era and took the human voice to new limits in 1865 with his story of forbidden love. Erica Challis takes us through this great opera ahead of a recording of last year's concert performance from Auckland which can be heard this coming Sunday at 6.00pm.

From Appointment on 09 Jul 2015

Celluloid Circus

Seasoned New Zealand journalist and documentary maker, Wayne Brittenden takes us through the history of Kiwis' love affair with the silver screen, at least between 1925 - 1970.

From Appointment on 25 Jun 2015

Don Quixote

The fanciful adventures of Cervantes' deluded knight Don Quixote and his hapless squire Sancho Panza have inspired painters, filmmakers, composers and philosophers ever since the Spanish Golden Age. Presented by Elric Hooper and Des Wilson.

From Appointment on 21 Jun 2015

The Ring: Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods)

We reach The Twilight of the Gods, as Erica Challis takes us through the story and music of the fourth of Wagner's Ring Cycle operas.

From Appointment on 11 Jun 2015

The Rake's Progress by Stravinsky

A 1947 Chicago exhibition of William Hogarth's sequence of paintings depicting "A Rake's Progress" inspired Stravinsky to compose an opera. With a clever English libretto by WH Auden & Chester Kallman, the work premiered at La Fenice in Venice in 1951. The opera is regularly revived and is now a 20th century classic. Elric Hooper & Des Wilson present an introduction to The Rake's Progress

From Appointment on 07 Jun 2015

The Ring: Siegfried

Erica Challis takes us through the story and music of the third of Wagner's four Ring Cycle operas.

From Appointment on 04 Jun 2015

The Ring: Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold)

Erica Challis takes us through the story and music of the first of Wagner's epic four Ring Cycle operas. In Das Rheingold the theft of precious gold from three Rhine maidens launches us into a world of gods, heroes, dwarfs, giants, nature spirits and magic (RNZ).

From Appointment on 21 May 2015

Terence Dennis

As a pianist, Terence Dennis is widely regarded as New Zealand's finest accompanist for singers. This is attested to by the fact that artists of the highest standing like Kiri Te Kanawa and Bryn Terfel have chosen him to tour New Zealand and overseas with them. He talks to Tim Dodd about his career.

From Appointment on 17 May 2015

Oh! What a Lovely War

Elric Hooper and Des Wilson tell the story of Joan Littlewood's 1963 satirical stage show on the First World War (RNZ)

From Appointment on 10 May 2015

Raymond Boyce

Designer Raymond Boyce has made a huge contribution to ballet, opera, puppetry and straight drama since he first came to New Zealand in 1953. Peter Mechen talks to Raymond and others who've worked with him over six decades in the theatre.

From Appointment on 07 May 2015

Roger Lloyd

Since coming to New Zealand in 1993, Roger Lloyd has managed some of this country's finest musical institutions, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, the New Zealand String Quartet and the Adam Chamber Music Festival. This conversation with David Morriss takes us from his early clarinet-playing days, and years with the Ulster Orchestra, through to his current role as Chief Executive of Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand. (RNZ)

From Appointment on 03 May 2015

Sarah Castle

While home to star in NZ Opera's production of La Cenerentola, Sarah Castle talks with Kate Lineham about her musical life (RNZ)

From Appointment on 30 Apr 2015

Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)

Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look at the extraordinary background and life of the award-winning English actor and dramatist Peter Ustinov (RNZ)

From Appointment on 29 Apr 2015

Paul Wittgenstein

Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look into the life and times of the WWI veteran, one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein, remembered for the great works written for him by several major 20th century composers including RAVEL, PROKOFIEV and STRAUSS (RNZ)

From Appointment on 23 Apr 2015

Contrapuntal Mozart

Thomas Goss reveals that deep in the DNA of Mozart's greatest works is a sense of emotion and conflict that comes directly from J.S. Bach (RNZ).

From Appointment on 22 Apr 2015

War Records

Des Wilson looks at the British gramophone industry's contribution to the war effort 100 years ago (RNZ).

From Appointment on 19 Apr 2015

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